Unit 21 Essay

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1. roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections. 1.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the employees responsibility to adhere to company policies and procedures as well as those implemented by localised procedures. This means any communicable diseases which are notifiable, must be brought to the attention of the appropriate authority. If I have any concerns whatsoever regarding the management of infectious diseases in the workplace, I should contact my supervisor. All employees must also observe general Understand precautions, other rules specific to a particular work activity must also be observed. 1.2 Explain employers’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide employees with information on such policies, as well as ensure all employees receive sufficient training where necessary. Also to provide personal protective equipment to all members of staff. 2. Understand legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infections. 2.1 Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection. • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Act (amended 1994), • Health and Social Care Act 2008 • The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, • Food Safety Act 1990, • COSHH 2002, • RIDDOR 1995, • The Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulation 1988, • The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations (Department of Health 1995), • The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991, • Health Protection Agency Bill, • Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005, • NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Guideline 2 June

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